(A) No certificate to practice acupuncture in the state of Ohio shall be issued to an applicant unless the applicant's Ohio chiropractic license is current and valid.
(B) Each applicant for a certificate to practice acupuncture shall apply for said certificate on board prescribed forms and submit satisfactory evidence of his or her qualifications to receive a certificate to practice acupuncture in the state of Ohio as prescribed by section 4734.282 of the Revised Code. Each applicant shall:
(1) Submit a completed application for certificate to practice acupuncture in the state of Ohio which can be found on the board's website;
(2) Submit a non-refundable application fee in the amount of one hundred dollars made payable to the treasurer, state of Ohio;
(3) Instruct that a transcript be sent directly to the board from the board-approved educational institution(s) from where his or her acupuncture education was attained;
(4) Instruct that a transcript be sent directly to the board from the national board of chiropractic examiners reflecting a score of three hundred seventy-five or higher on the written acupuncture exam;
(C) Applications shall be signed by the applicant in his or her own handwriting and acknowledged before a notary public. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned to the applicant with the notation that the application is incomplete.
(D) Once a complete application including all required credentials is received by the board, a determination as to whether the applicant meets the requirements to receive a certificate to practice acupuncture shall be made by the board within sixty days.
(E) Applications shall be valid for one year from the initial application date. After one year, a new application and the appropriate fee must be submitted.
(F) The board may refuse or deny an applicant for a certificate to practice acupuncture in this state if the applicant does not meet the licensure requirements as outlined in section 4734.282 of the Revised Code or has committed any act which indicates that the applicant does not possess the character and fitness to practice acupuncture, including any act that would be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in section 4734.31 of the Revised Code. The burden of proof is on the applicant to prove by clear and convincing evidence to the board that he or she meets the conditions for receipt of a certificate to practice acupuncture.
(G) Any applicant that the board proposes to refuse or deny a certificate to practice acupuncture shall be entitled to a hearing on the question of such proposed refusal or denial. Notice and hearing requirements incident to such proposed refusal or denial shall be in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 119. of the Revised Code and Chapter 4734-4 of the Administrative Code.